In Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. Winter of 2018.

Metropolis at Metrotown (commonly referred to as Metrotown or Metro) is a three-storey shopping mall complex in Metrotown, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. With over 450 shops and services, the anchors are Hudson’s Bay, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, T & T Supermarket, Sport Chek, Chapters, Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, Real Canadian Superstore, Urban Behavior, Winners/HomeSense, Zara, Cineplex Cinemas, Uniqlo and Muji.

It is the largest mall in British Columbia, and the third largest in Canada behind Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall and Ontario’s Square One Shopping Centre, with 27 million customer visits annually. The mall is located adjacent to Metrotown station on the SkyTrain rapid transit system. Three office buildings are part of the complex along Central Boulevard.

Metrotown Centre opened in 1986 – attached to a new Woodward’s department store, and a Sears Canada department store that had been operating there since the early 1950s – on land that had held a Ford Canada motor factory, warehouses, other light industry, and a supermarket, and which was adjacent to the former Vancouver Interurban Rail line (now the route for the SkyTrain). The mall has been expanded and renovated several times, and has contributed to the rapid growth of the area’s population. A new Bay store and an expansion wing was added in 1992.

Two additional shopping centres were constructed adjacent to the original Metrotown – Eaton Centre and Station Square. These three different malls were connected by pedestrian overpasses, as were the two office towers known as the Metrotowers. In 1998, Eaton Centre added Metropolis, a collection of stores aimed towards younger shoppers, including SilverCity which opened in 1998 and Rainforest Cafe which opened in June 1998 (but was permanently closed in October 2001). The name Metropolis came to apply to Eaton Centre once its main tenant, Eaton’s department store, shut down. In 2005, a major expansion project combined Metrotown and Metropolis into a megamall, and added many new stores and Western Canada’s largest food court. Following this expansion, the two malls became one entity under the name “Metropolis at Metrotown”. Station Square, however, has not been included in this megamall, and as of 2013, it is being demolished to make way for a new high-rise complex, to be named after Station Square.

Construction on Metrotower III, located immediately south of the other two office towers, began in the summer of 2008, was put on hold, and was completed in April 2014. This completed the Metrotower complex.

In January 2018, Sears Canada closed as the company went out of business.

The Metrotown neighbourhood is home to a number of smaller shopping centres. The pedestrian overpass originally connecting Station Square was closed in November 2016, and is awaiting demolition. The Asian-themed Crystal Mall opened near Metropolis in 2000, but has no direct connection. Old Orchard Centre is another shopping centre located nearby that is considered part of the Metrotown district. It is a strip plaza that predates the other shopping centres in the neighbourhood.

Immediately below the Central Boulevard entrance and covered walkway is a bus loop and exchange, which is a major hub for services coming in from other parts of Burnaby as well as Vancouver and Richmond. The mall is also served by Metrotown station on the Expo Line of the SkyTrain network.

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